Opening the Future: A Funding Model for Open Access Books

Welcome to Liverpool University Press's Opening the Future programme: funding BPC-free open access book publishing while also broadening your own collection through an affordable subscription to closed content.

We're reshaping how knowledge dissemination is funded and accessed, by leveraging the collective contributions of academic libraries worldwide. Your Opening the Future membership funds our press to publish new OA monographs, while your library simultaneously benefits from access to closed content, and no single institution bears a disproportionate burden. For a modest annual fee your library gets DRM-free, unlimited access to a closed-access selection of our backlist, with perpetual access after three years. We use the membership revenue solely to produce new OA monographs, moving towards an affordable, sustainable model for academic publishing and creating a collection of OA books that are open for the world.

Be part of something special. Join over 90 Universities around the world already committed to Opening the Future.

About Liverpool University Press

Liverpool University Press is the UK’s third oldest university press, with a distinguished history of publishing exceptional research since 1899, including the work of Nobel prize winners. We have rapidly expanded in recent years to become an award-winning academic publisher that produces approximately 150 books a year, 39 journals and a number of digital collections, specialising in literature, modern languages, history and film studies.

LUP has been publishing OA books for more than a decade. We continue to explore OA opportunities and engage in discussions about OA with research funders, universities, academics and other publishers to improve the service we provide and uphold our aim of publishing the very best scholarship for and from the academic community.

About our Opening the Future Programme

We're offering libraries anywhere in the world subscription/membership access to two Hispanic Studies backlist series of monographs. In return LUP will use the subscription fees to produce new Open Access monographs, freely accessible to all. 

Liverpool University Press is internationally recognised for an outstanding modern/Romance languages publishing programme. Opening the Future builds on our commitment to disseminating exceptional research globally. By harnessing the power of collective library funding no single institution bears a disproportionate burden.

Included for members

Member libraries will gain access to two monograph series: Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures (CHLC), and Liverpool Latin American Studies (LLAS). In total you will get multi-user electronic access to 36 titles.

Authors include Paul Julian Smith, Distinguished Professor of Hispanic Studies at CUNY, Joan Ramon Resina, Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University and Mary S. Gossy, Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Rutgers. Books include award-winning titles such as Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro and Thinking Barcelona: Ideologies of a Global City alongside widely adopted texts such as Business History in Latin America and Shining Path: Guerilla War in Peru’s Northern Highlands.